Reviews

“It felt as if the Piatti Quartet truly drew a unique and pristine interpretation of the piece, giving it an otherworldly feeling that made the initially jarring and disturbing nature turn transcendental and strangely life-affirming. I hope, and feel, that the interpretation of Contusion given by the Piatti Quartet will be the definitive one.” RCS Review, Eugene Broad, February 2017

Downbeat Magazine Review (USA)

Downbeat Magazine Review (USA)

“The 20th anniversary of Iffley Music Society was brilliantly celebrated with a concert by the Piatti Quartet….. The Quartet well deserved the standing ovation that ended a truly memorable concert.”Iffley Music Society, October 2016

“The Piatti’s playing held the audience spell-bound….the clarity and lightness of their playing had the audience holding its breath in the quiet passages. “ The Buckinghamshire Press, March 2016

“From the opening of Mozart’s Quartet in B-flat, K589, the players’ 18th century phrasing teemed with musical life. And in Bartok’s Quartet No 5 they achieved an astonishing range of 20th century characterisation…… Beethoven’s mighty Op 59 No 1, how delicate was the opening, how miraculous the combination of lyricism and blazing, pounding life. How precisely characterised was every bar. How inward, how wondrously tender was the slow movement. Even in the irresistible onward surge, time somehow stood still. ” Mike Allen, The Portsmouth News, Feb 2016

A signally impressive young ensemble…..the Piattis began with a sumptuous account of Webern’s early, freestanding Langsamer Satz….the Phibbs…proved formally exhilarating yet plangent…in its combination of vibrancy and formal rigour.” Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, May 2015

“And the British Piatti Quartet — who seemed to be enjoying their music-making more than anyone else — had shown a characteristically lyrical understanding of Dvorak’s string quartet in G.” Hilary Finch, The Times, 3rd Apr 2015

“in Dvorak’s G major Quartet, Opus 106……It was a joy to witness the visual communication the quartet displayed with each other……if I had to single out one movement for praise, it would be the slow Adagio, in which the quartet’s glowing tone filled the entire gallery. The exciting finale was delivered with great panache. What a great start to the season.” Russell Dawson, Bournemouth Echo, Nov 2014

Benchmark for all other T3A ensembles, 5 stars: “…From the opening bars of Haydn’s Emperor Quartet, they gripped one’s attention…a vibrant, authoritative reading of the score performed with clarity and precision on their valuable, resonant instruments…Their performance became a benchmark for the other ensembles we shall hear during the series.” Eric Dare, Cornish Guardian, 22nd Oct 2014

Opening with an exceptionally expressive account of Haydn’s ‘Emperor’ quartet, followed by Wolf’s ‘Italian Serenade’ played with just the right elements of liveliness and lightness; and the entire programme concluded with a deeply-felt and suitably joyous interpretation of Dvorak’s Opus 106 quartet. But the most notable event of the night, and exciting animated discussion after, was the World Premier of the first string quartet by the young British composer Joseph Phibbs, born in 1974. The work itself, proved remarkable indeed, the intensity of the playing compelling the audience’s attention throughout. Nathaniel Anderson-Frank and Michael Trainor , David Wigram and Jessie Ann Richardson played this deeply affecting music with total commitment and outstanding skill; I, for one, found this quartet completely absorbing, full of mystery and beauty. We thank Peter Brice, whose daring innovation of a quartet residency in the festival’s classical music section, succeeded magnificently, with the Piatti creating something unique for the festival and for the cultural life of Rye. Rye News, Alexander Stiller, Oct 2014

Champs Hill Records, Mendelssohn Op.44, No.3 in E flat major review:“… the overarching energy and drama of the Piatti Quartet’s performance……The Piatti Quartet open the Eb major Quartet No.5 with such commitment and perfect ensemble…” Gramophone, August 2014

“Throughout the entire evening the performance from the members of the Piatti Quartet was spellbinding.” Herts Advertiser, June 2014

“some delicious moments of quiet delicacy in the second movement’s musings on Haydn’s ‘Emperor’s Hymn’, taken at a good, flowing tempo….. the performance was full of Haydn’s typical high spirits.” Derby Telegraph, March 2014

“This youthful quartet treated us to one of the most spirited and engaging performances I have ever experienced, bringing a wonderful joie de vivre to the music. It was a well-balanced programme……. the Beethoven as beautiful and expressive as could be wished, with great fullness of tone…” Northern Echo, Dec 2013

“Four brilliant young musicians, passionate about what they do and eager to share their passion with their audience, the Piatti String Quartet deeply impressed members and friends of the Tilford Bach Society….The applause was exuberant, with thunders of foot-stamping….a true tour de force from this highly talented group.”  Farnham Herald, Nov 2013

“The performers played with intensity of feeling and a glowing sound. The soft opening of the second movement made way for a poignant melody, exquisitely played by the first violin. Double stops in all parts added richness and warmth, and the return to tranquillity at the close was serene.” Keswick Music Society, Feb 2013

“The 16 yr old Mendelssohn’s Octet is a piece which “doesn’t take care of itself” and was triumphant in this account, led persuasively by Michael Trainor. It was my best live concert experience of a sometimes problematic work and benefited from the intimacy and excellent acoustic of Conway Hall.” Musical Pointers 2013

“…and their performance of familiar works by Haydn, Smetana and late Beethoven proved powerful and stimulating yet always deeply poetic. This is certainly one of the best string quartets I have heard with a complete understanding of musical language and style. A five-star performance.” Derek Watmough MBE, May 2012

“TWO days into this year’s festival and the young pretender, Piatti String Quartet, was ahead in the poll for the best concert performance. Smetana’s Quartet No 1 in the hands of future titans, a foursome of very bright young graduates from the Royal Academy and Royal College was “rarely, if ever, better played”, according to audience experts”. Leamington Music Festival Weekend, Pump Room, Leamington, April 29 –May 3.

“The Piatti Quartets outstanding musical narration held our audience from start to finish” Newbury Festival 2012 

“For polish, you have to consider the Piatti for their luminous Debussy in G minor” Sydney Morning Herald

“The prize for poise, blended tone and general lustre was ultimately won by the Piatti String Quartet” The Times

“Musically compelling …” The Strad

“A real tour de force…..the  skittering counterpoint was deftly and breathtakingly managed by the ensemble.” The Farnham Herald

“The Piattis played vibrantly, making light of the significant technical difficulties.” MusicalPointers.com

“The close harmony of the opening, gently indented by the cello’s pizzicatos, was beautifully realised by the players” – classicalmusicsource.com

“The cello continuo was firm and strong throughout, with lovely duets by the two violinists.  …. the four players all showed their amazing individual skill….the polka was worked perfectly with sharp transitions executed with faultless dynamics” Northcott Theatre review, Exeter, classicaljourney.com

"Spot on timing, confident musical direction ... Exciting and edgy, risks taken with great success ... An educated classical style, complete confidence in dramatic gestures"